Edinson Volquez: “I feel sexy right now. You know what happen when I feel sexy, right?”

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Royals starter Edinson Volquez felt pretty good after tossing three hitless, scoreless innings on Tuesday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Rockies. The right-hander threw 37 pitches, 24 for strikes, notching a pair of strikeouts in what was an easy day of work.

After the game, Volquez gave what might end up being the quote of the year. From Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star:

“I feel sexy right now. You know what happen when I feel sexy, right?”

Thankfully, the question was rhetorical and he didn’t provide the answer to his own question.

Volquez, 32, has had a career rebirth after spending 2014 with the Pirates under the tutelage of pitching coach Ray Searage. That year, he finished with a 3.04 ERA and followed that up with a 3.55 mark with the Royals last season. He also struck out 155 and walked 72 in 200 1/3 innings, helping the Royals win their first championship since 1985.

Volquez leads a rotation that will also include Yordano Ventura, Ian Kennedy, and Chris Young.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.